Review | Unfriended
The Last Broadcast for the modern generation
Charting a real-time chat between 6 friends and a mystery stranger posing as the former classmate that died a year earlier you spend pretty much all of this films 83 minute run time, watching a Skype call between the group, but surprisingly the film is both more interesting and scarier is sounds, in fact I would put this forwards as the best horror film of the year so far, all the more impressive for a film made on a budget of $1 million.
The tension in this film builds well throughout and the jump scares aren’t as cheesy and forced as with most found footage/mocumentary films, they fit well in the group dynamic, in fact you even forgive the blatant product placement from brands such as Facebook, Skype, Spotify and Gmail, as they add to the realism of the film and fits well with the concept that we aren’t as safe behind screens as we think we are.
With the rise of internet trolling and depersonalization, people have developed a sense of safety behind their screens, feeling that they are able to say and do things to others that they wouldn’t in person, that is why this film feels distinctly of its time, when the ghost of a girl pushed to commit suicide, comes back to exact revenge on those who have wronged her.
The film isn’t without its faults however, some of the reveals can be seen a mile off and you spend a long time watching stuff get typed and then deleted, much to the annoyance of everyone watching, though overall these are minor complaints for a film that runs at a decent pace and leaves you not wanting to join a Skype chat with your friends any time soon.
Staring: Shelly Henning
Moses Jacob Storm
Directed By: Levan Gabriadze
If You Like: The Last Broadcast, The Blair Witch Project, September Tapes